Princeton, New Jersey, July 21, 2014 - Sandoz today announced an agreement with Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to obtain exclusive rights to commercialize Anacor’s drug KERYDINTM (tavaborole) topical solution, 5% in the US, through its branded dermatology business, PharmaDerm.
Two weeks ago Anacor announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the New Drug Application for KERYDINTM, the first oxaborole antifungal approved for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails due to Trichophyton rubrum or Trichophyton mentagrophytes, a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed that affects approximately 35 million people in the US, according to Podiatry Today.
“KERYDINTM is an important addition to PharmaDerm’s product portfolio. This agreement provides us with an excellent growth opportunity and reinforces our leadership in the topical dermatology specialty market,” said Peter Goldschmidt, President of Sandoz Inc. “Collaborations in key growth areas that offer potential for further synergies are an important part of our strategy of bringing high-quality, affordable medicines to patients.”
The agreement was effective July 18, 2014.
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